Drivers who hog the middle lane of the motorway or tailgate other drivers could face on-the-spot fines of £100 and three points on their licences under new measures announced by the government.

From next month, police will be able to issue drivers with fines and three points on the spot for careless driving offences that currently have to go to court.

Police are also expected to get powers to issue instant fixed penalty notices for not giving way at a junction or using the wrong lane at a roundabout.

The change to powers is intended to free up police time spent on court cases.

As part of the new measures current fixed penalties for using a mobile phone while driving or not wearing a seatbelt will also rise from £40 to £100.

The measures bring careless driving offences into line with the penalties for similar non-motoring fixed penalties.

Offences such as these have often gone unpunished because of the bureaucracy involved in prosecuting a case. A motorist currently has to be stopped by a police officer, a summons issued and evidence presented in court.

Transport minister Stephen Hammond told the Daily Telegraph: “Careless drivers are a menace and their negligence puts innocent people’s lives at risk.

“That is why we are making it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice rather than needing to take every offender to court.

“We are also increasing penalties for a range of driving offences to a level which reflects their seriousness and which will ensure that they are consistent with other similar penalty offences.”

Motorists will still be able to appeal against the fixed penalty decisions in court and more serious examples will be subject to the court process where drivers could face higher fines and penalties.

AA president Edmund King said: “An increase in the standard motoring fixed penalty fine will help deter those who commit motoring offences including mobile phone use.

“We are also pleased to see that at long last new powers and fines will be given to the police to tackle the top three pet hates of drivers – tailgaters, mobile phone abusers and middle-lane hogs.”

Institute of Advanced Motorists director of policy Neil Greig said: “This is a major change in traffic law enforcement and the IAM is concerned that issuing fixed penalty tickets for careless driving downplays the seriousness of the offence.

“Careless covers a wide range of poor to reckless driving behaviour that often merits further investigation.

“This could free up traffic police time and allow them to maintain a higher profile. But without traffic cops out on the road to enforce this new approach it will have little impact on road safety.”

Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, added: “Anti-social behaviour is as big a problem on the roads as it is in wider society. Giving police more discretion to act, and freeing up resources to allow them to do so by cutting procedural delays in court, is good news.

“We are also pleased to see that the stick is accompanied by the chance of re-education for moderate offenders.

“Raising the fine level to £100 is justifiable to tackle the plague of handheld mobile phone use which slows drivers’ reaction times even more than being at the drink-drive limit or taking cannabis.”

Carly From Harlington

Well done Carly Feeley from Harlington on passing her driving test today 16th September 2013 with me on her first attempt in Leighton Buzzard and only collected 4 minor faults
That started the day of well only to find out later the the top job she been waiting to hear about was confirmed as hers so a double for her today New Job and a Driving Licence so she can get there.
Really on cloud nine !!!

First Time for Deepali Jamkhedkar from Dunstable

Another First Time Pass with Learn2Drive from Leighton Buzzard

Congratulations to Deepali Jamkhedkar from Dunstable for passing her driving test today 10th Sept 2013 on her first attempt and only 3 minor faults

Another Aylesbury Lad Passes First Time

Congratulations to Adam Thorn from Aylesbury on passing his driving test today 2nd September 2013 in Leighton Buzzard on his first attempt. Well Done Adam Drive Safe

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Well Done Maria Petropoulou from Berkhamstead

Congratulations to Maria Petropoulou from Berkhamstead on passing her driving test in Leighton Buzzard on the 12th Aug 2013
Looking forward to our Motorway Lessons.

Congratulations to Matt Dyer from Leighton Buzzard on passing his driving test 1st time with Learn2Drive today 2nd Aug 2013
Now you can go get your Smart Car
Well Done Matt Specialising in Automatic Driving Lessons in the Leighton Buzzard Area

Congratulations Grace From Aylesbury

Well done to Grace Chikwaya from Aylesbury on passing her driving test on her 2nd attempt today 11 July 2013

The only people that will be disappointed Grace that you passed will be the Aylesbury taxi drivers!!!!!

Phillip Willton from Dunstable Passed First Time

Congratulations to Phillip Willton from Dunstable on passing his driving test today 8th July 2013 in Leighton Buzzard on his first attempt
And what a nice day for a drive too!!

Well done to Melena Naboeva from Dunstable


Well done to Melena Naboeva from Dunstable on passing your driving test today (4th July 2013) in Leighton Buzzard on your second attempt with me (Learn2Drive)

Safe Driving and practice that corner reverse!! 

Well Done Sarah From Wendover


The Smile Says It All
Great result and congratulation to Roonjrattana Mickleburth better known to me as Sarah on passing her driving test today in Aylesbury (3rd July 2013)
Another first time pass and only 2 minor faults